Information for new residents
Water and sewer: To set up your water account, contact your water company (either Aqua PA or PA America} to have water service set up in your name. Sewer is set up automatically once settlement is complete and the deed transfer is filed. The township gathers all information on the new owner from the deed transfer.
Trash: Trash is collected twice a week. Large items are picked up on the second regular collection day. Yard waste is collected every Wednesday. Click on the Recyling Map in the Public Works folder under the Documents section of our website to find out what zone you are in. Trash is collected twice per week (Monday and Thursday) or (Tuesday and Friday). Recycling is collected once per week designated with an abbreviation. If your recycle day is on Monday (MO) your trash days are Monday and Thursday. If your recycle day is on Tuesday (TU) your trash days are Tuesday and Friday. If your recycle day is Thursday (TH) your trash days are Monday and Thursday. If your recycle day is Friday (FR) your trash days are Tuesday and Friday. For more questions about trash pickup, contact the Public Works Department at (610) 277-4103.
Realty Transfer tax: Plymouth Township collects a tax on all real property transferred from one owner to another. This realty transfer tax is paid at closing.
Real Estate Tax: All owners of taxable real property in Plymouth Township (vacant land or residential, commercial, and other structures) are subject to a real estate tax each year. Residents who pay their current year’s Township property tax by April 24 receive a 2% discount, while Township taxes paid after June 24 are subject to a 10% penalty. If a Plymouth property owner does not pay their Township tax by December 31, a lien will be placed against the property until the delinquent taxes are paid.
Earned Income Tax/Local Services Tax:
The Earned Income/Net Profits Tax of 1% is levied on all salaries, net profits, wages, commissions, bonuses, and other compensation. The tax is collected either through withholding by the employer or through direct payments from the taxpayer. If an employer is deducting the tax, the resident should check with their payroll department to be sure that the home address is being properly reported. All employers doing business in the Township must withhold the tax from their employees.
Plymouth Township levies a Local Services Tax (LST) to fund the cost of police, fire, emergency services, and road construction and maintenance. All residents and nonresidents alike who are employed in Plymouth Township are required to pay an annual LST tax of $52.
Earned Income and LST Taxes are collected by Berkheimer Tax Administrator, a private collection service retained by the Township. Berkheimer can be reached at 1-866-701-7206. Forms can be obtained at the website, www.hab-inc.com.
When are elections held?
The Primary is held in May . General elections are held in November.
How do I start a business in Plymouth Township?
Both home based and commercial businesses need a Use and Occupancy permit. Contact the zoning office at (610(277-4100 for more information.
Businesses in the Township are subject to a Business Privilege Tax or Mercantile Tax.
For purposes of the BPT, business is defined as any activity carried on for gain or profit including, but not limited to, the performance of services. All businesses, trades, and professions where any service is offered to the public or other businesses are liable for payment of this tax, except as described above. Businesses subject to the BPT generally include professions such as insurance agents, real estate and stock brokers, doctors, lawyers, financial consultants, auto mechanics, etc.
The Mercantile Tax (MT) is a business gross receipts tax levied by Plymouth Township upon the privilege of doing certain types of business in Plymouth.
The MT applies to the gross receipts of all businesses and persons engaged in business in Plymouth Township except those of businesses subject to the Business Privilege Tax or businesses that fall under the manufacturing or other allowable exclusions or that are subject to gross receipts taxes for applicable sales made under certain conditions in other jurisdictions.
For purposes of the MT, business is defined as any activity carried on for gain or profit including, but not limited to, the sale of merchandise either at wholesale or retail.
Can you fax me a Police Report?
No, we do not fax reports. For more information, refer to the records department section of the website.
What about Fingerprinting?
Personnel from the Plymouth Township Police Department are available to do non-criminal fingerprinting for those who work or reside in the Township. Typically, such fingerprints are needed for purposes like employment, adoption, and immigration applications.
There is a $25.00 fee for this service.
Non-criminal fingerprinting is done through appointments only. Call the police department at 610-279-1901 to schedule an appointment.
What to do if you receive a Traffic Citation?
You're driving along one day when your attention is caught by a flash of red and blue lights in your rearview mirror, followed by a signal from a police officer to pull over.
You've received a traffic citation.
We know it's never pleasant for a citizen to be ticketed. But for everyone's safety, Plymouth Township Police Department takes its responsibility for enforcement of traffic laws seriously. When cited, you have two options.
You may plead guilty by contacting the District Court listed on the citation and arranging payment of the fine and costs.
You may plead not guilty by contacting the District Court listed on the citation and arranging a date for a hearing before the District Justice. The officer who issued you the citation will also appear at your hearing. You may be required by the District Court to post the amount of your fine and costs prior to your day in court. You will receive these funds back following the hearing if you are found not guilty.
The District Court covering Plymouth Township is:
District Judge Francis Bernhardt
625 W. Ridge Pike
Bldg B Suite 101
Conshohocken, Pa 19428
My car was towed, how can I get it back?
You must come to the police station to obtain a “tow release” for your vehicle.
There is a $20.00 administrative fee that is due at the time the tow release is issued to you. Once you obtain the “tow release” you may pick your vehicle up from the towing agency that towed it.
Payment is due for towing and storage at the time of pickup.
What about Abandoned Vehicles?
Abandoned Vehicles are a nuisance as well as an eyesore. Don't let abandoned vehicles ruin the look of your neighborhood.
Under Pennsylvania's Motor Vehicle Laws, a vehicle is considered abandoned if:
- left on a highway or public property in inoperable condition for 48 hours or longer
- left illegally on a highway or public property
- left on a highway or public property for 48 hours or longer and does not have a valid license plate and/or inspection stickers
- left on private property without the owner's consent for 48 hours or longer
Am I allowed to park my car on the street when it is snowing?
No. If 3 or more inches of snow accumulates or a “Snow Emergency” is declared you may not park on the street if off-street parking is available. You must park your vehicle in your driveway. If off-street parking is not available, then on street parking on one side of the street is permitted as follows:
Parking on the even side of the street is permitted during even years.
Parking on the odd side of the street is permitted during odd years.
For example you can only park on the odd side of the street during a snowfall in 2015.
What are the requirements for Solicitation?
Plymouth Township does not permit solicitation unless you are exempt under the exemptions list below.
1. Individuals registered under the “Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act”;
2. Members of non-profit organizations such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
3. Persons selling tickets for the benefit of a charitable or non-profit organization.
4. Persons under the age of 18 who take orders and deliver things such as newspapers, candy, greeting cards, etc.
5. Farmers engaged in selling the products of their own farms from a truck or other vehicle.
6. Members of religious organizations.
Refer to Plymouth Township Ordinance 1484
What about a Dog License?
Dogs are required to be licensed annually. To order your dog license by mail:
Dog Licence Application.pdf for a Dog License Application you can print out at home.
Complete all information on the Dog License Application.
Make your check or money order payable to: County Treasurer
Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope
Mail your completed application & fee to:
Montgomery County Treasurer
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
What about Child Abuse?
Children are our most precious resource. Each child deserves the chance to grow up free from neglect or physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
If you believe that a child is being abused, you have several options:
You may contact the police department
You may submit an anonymous tip
You may call CHILDLINE, PA's toll-free Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-932-0313
What about Domestic Violence?
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, the Plymouth Township Police department stands ready to help. Police officers will respond quickly to domestic assaults, and will arrest abusers within the guidelines allowable by law. Officers will also assist victims in obtaining and enforcing protective court orders.
Additional resources for victims of domestic violence:
National Domestic Violence HotLine:
Women's Center of Montgomery County :
How do I schedule a Home Security Evaluation?
As a free service to residents of Plymouth Township, a police representative will visit your home and assess its level of protection against various types of crime.
When the survey is complete you receive our recommendations for making your home safer. This process takes approximately 45 minutes, and you'll need to be present.
To schedule a Home Safety Survey, contact Ofc. Mike Cassidy of the Community Policing Unit.
Does Plymouth Township have a curfew?
Yes it does.
The curfew law applies to minors (anyone under the age of 18) and is in effect
Sunday-Thursday from 10:30 PM – 6:30 AM
Friday and Saturday from 12 midnight - 6:00 AM
Curfew restrictions do not apply to minors accompanied by a parent or a minor on legitimate business directed by a parent or a minor who is gainfully employed during the curfew hours.
Refer to Ordinance 388, Article II, and section 14-20
When is trash collected?
Trash is collected twice a week. Large items are picked up on the second regular collection day. Yard waste is collected every Wednesday.
Click on the Recyling Map in the Public Works folder under the Documents section of our website to find out what zone you are in. Trash is collected twice per week (Monday and Thursday) or (Tuesday and Friday). Recycling is collected once per week designated with an abbreviation. If your recycle day is on Monday (MO) your trash days are Monday and Thursday. If your recycle day is on Tuesday (TU) your trash days are Tuesday and Friday. If your recycle day is Thursday (TH) your trash days are Monday and Thursday. If your recycle day is Friday (FR) your trash days are Tuesday and Friday.
For more questions about trash pickup, contact the Public Works Department at (610) 277-4103.
Why wasn't my trash collected?
Large items are picked up on second regular collection day. Yard waste is collected every Wednesday. Trash may not be picked up if more than four containers set out for collection or if containers are larger than 30 gallons or weigh more than 50 lbs. Unacceptable items for trash pickup include refuse resulting from repair, excavation, or construction of buildings (sand, earth, lumber, brick, stone, mortar, plaster, roofing materials, plumbing fixtures, tires, hazardous wastes, recyclables, appliances and yard waste).
Collection of trash will be made on the next scheduled collection day when the collection day falls on a holiday. Recycling will be picked up on Wednesday on the week of the holiday.
How should I put my trash out?
Trash should be stored in water-tight containers, which have handles and loose fitting lids. Do not place trash and garbage in paper bags, cardboard boxes or flimsy plastic bags.
What items are recycled?
Items that are recycled include: newspapers, junk mail, aluminum cans, magazines, glass, bimetal cans, cardboard, plastics #1 through #7, yard waste, electronic waste and smalll appliances with motors-such as vacuums and blenders.
What happens when trash is strewn on the street?
If the trash men spill trash they will pick it up. If an improper container breaks or animals tear up the trash, it is the property owner’s responsibility for clean up.
Can I place household appliances in my trash?
Household Appliances are collected on the third Wednesday of the month. Call the Public Works Department to get a sticker and get on the collection list. There is a charge of $10 to remove items such as freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioners that contain freon and other gases.
Why wasn’t my Yard Waste collected?
Yard waste is collected every Wednesday throughout the year. Yard Waste is grass clipping, twig/shrub trimmings and pruning's, leaves and garden waste (pinecones, weeds, dead plants). Rocks, dirt and logs are not yard waste. No plastic bags! Yard waste will not be collected in the blue recycle container. Branches must be 4 feet or less and tied with biodegradable string or placed in a can or biodegradable paper bag.
When should I put my trash out?
Containers must be placed at the curb in front of the premises no later than 6:00 A.M. on the day of collection but no earlier than 7:00 P.M. on the day preceding the collection. Once the truck passes your house it will not return.
Why didn’t the trash men take all of my trash?
There are two possible reasons:
1. If you put out more than four containers, containers larger than 30 gallons or weighing more than 50 pounds, all of your trash will not be collected.
2. If your trash contained unacceptable items such as refuse resulting from the repair, excavation or construction of buildings, such as sand, earth, lumber, brick, stone, mortar, plaster, roofing materials, plumbing fixtures, etc., or tires, auto parts, hazardous wastes, household appliances, recyclables and yard waste, it will not be collected.
How do I get rid of appliances?
The Township collects household appliances once per month. See the section on Household Appliance and Scrap Metal collection for details. Yard Waste is collected every Wednesday. For hazardous waste info call the Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste Program at (610) 278-3618. Homeowners must dispose of other items on their own.
How do I get rid of bulky items, like furniture?
Large Items (such as furniture) will be picked up on your second regular collection day of the week, provided a holiday does not fall within that week.